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Surfactant-resisted assembly of Fe-containing nanoparticles for site-specific growth of SWNTs on Si surface.

This paper describes a facile approach to the site-specific growth of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) on silicon surfaces by chemical vapor deposition (CVD). The approach is based on the use of a surfactant as a resist to define patterns of silicon oxide nanodomains onto which nanoparticles of iron hydroxide (Fe(OH)3), 1-5 nm diameter, could be deposited. In base growth mode, the SWNTs can grow from the oxide nanodomains. By controlling the location of oxide nanodomains, site-specific growth could be obtained. The iron hydroxide nanoparticles were prepared by hydrolysis of ferric chloride (FeCl3). Patterned hydroxylated silicon oxide nanodomains were created by scanning probe oxidation (SPO) of silicon substrates modified with aminopropyltrimethoxysilane (APTMS, H2N(CH2)3Si(OCH3)3). Due to electrostatic interaction, Fe(OH)3 nanoparticles can be selectively deposited on hydroxyl groups present on silicon oxide nanodomains. To inhibit the assembly of the nanoparticles on a APTMS-coated silicon surface, sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) was introduced, which restricted deposition to the hydroxylated nanodomains. A model mechanism for the selective deposition mechanism has been proposed. It was possible to convert the patterned Fe(OH)3 nanoparticles to iron oxide, which served as a catalyst for the site-specific growth of SWNTs. Raman spectroscopy and AFM were used to characterize the nanotubes on the Si substrate. This will offer the possibility for future integration with conventional microelectronics as well as the development of novel devices.[1]


  1. Surfactant-resisted assembly of Fe-containing nanoparticles for site-specific growth of SWNTs on Si surface. He, M., Ling, X., Zhang, J., Liu, Z. The journal of physical chemistry. B, Condensed matter, materials, surfaces, interfaces & biophysical. (2005) [Pubmed]
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